Jayquan’s second chance!

The welcoming party for Jayquan in Dallas on February 20
included host family Pastor Mark Vowell and his wife Shannon,
members of the group Dallas West Indies United including Dr
Carlton Clarke and a representative of the HeartGift Foundation.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester – Telling him not to play outside like other children his age is not the kind of advice that Shenelle Dillion wanted to pass on to her vibrant-looking four-year-old son, Jayquan Williams. However, until the United States-based HeartGift Foundation gave him a chance rece ... Read More

STANBERRY ... Manchester
held its own in the production
of vegetables, tubers and
condiments Manchester outstrips St Elizabeth in farm production
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Manchester outstripped traditional leader St Elizabeth in domestic fo ... Read More

Burnt Savannah Primary against the
backdrop of the Santa Cruz Mountains
(PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT) Burnt Savannah's pride
Editor at Large, South Central Bureau SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth - Burnt Savannah Primary is celebrat ... Read More

Mayor of Black River Everton Fisher (left) with principal of the Balaclava Primary School Nichol
Jackson (centre) and past principal Roy Waysome. (PHOTO: ST ELIZABETH PARISH COUNCIL) Mayor Fisher launches fund at Balaclava Primary
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Councillor for the Balaclava Division in North East St Elizabeth an ... Read More

New council room back on track in Black River

Monday, February 23, 2015    

Work on the new parish council complex has been on hold since 2011
because of a lack of funds (PHOTO: ST ELIZABETH PARISH COUNCIL)

BLACK RIVER, St Elizabeth - If all goes according to plan councillors at the St Elizabeth Parish Council should have new accommodations for their regular meetings by Independence celebrations this August. Mayor of Black River and chairman of the St Elizabeth Parish Council Everton Fisher (PNP) said work on the building, which has been on hold since 2011 because of lack of funds, should resume "very soon". The immediate aim will be to complete phase one, including the council meeting room, an o ... Read More

CocaCoa/Juici Patty winner

Monday, February 23, 2015    

Food Service Marketing Manager at Wisynco Group Limited, Kimberly Williamson-Smith (left) and Sales and Marketing Manager at Juici Patties, Jennifer Newman (right) present Stacey-Ann Simmonds, grand prize winner in the Coca Cola/Juici Patty Christmas promotion, with a $100,000 cheque at the Juci Patty headquarters in Clarendon Place, Clarendon recently. Simmonds also walked away with a 40" Samsung TV, a Samsung phone, Samsung tablet and a Coca-Cola party pack. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Read More

Wigton Windfarm groundbreaking

Monday, February 23, 2015    


Officials of the Wigton Windfarm, breaking ground Friday for the construction of Wigton III, a 24 MW expansion to Wigton's 38.7-MW wind farm complex in Rose Hill, Manchester. From right are General Manager Wigton Windfarm Limited Earl Barrett; Project Manager Wigton Windfarm Michelle Chin Lenn; Sales Engineer for Central America & the Caribbean with Gamesa, the firm carrying out the construction, Jose Maria Cordon Munoz; Minister of Science, Technology, Energy & Mining Phillip Paulwell ... Read More

UN rep lauds Manchester youth group

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, February 23, 2015    

Some of YWOP/YMOP members, partners and volunteers at the information session at the
Manchester Youth Information Centre where Ragan made a presentation.

MANDEVILLE, MANCHESTER — Douglas Ragan, Unit Leader for Youth and Employment for the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), has hailed as "visionary and far-reaching" the work of Manchester-based group Young Women of Purpose/Young Men of Purpose (YWOP/YMOP). The youth group, which started as the community service project of former Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) festival queen for Manchester, Lanisia Rhoden, became the first Jamaican organisation to receiv ... Read More

Tying the Knot

Monday, February 23, 2015    

The engagement scene preceding the complicated road to the wedding day, the main element of the play.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester - The Valentine's Day treat Tying the Knot was an over two-hour drama-filled production. Thirteen multi-talented cast members, made up of mainly past and present students of the Northern Caribbean University (NCU), fused acting skills with music, dance and art to tell the "enthralling tale of a love triangle". Members of the audience at the Cecil Charlton Hall were held in suspense and kept more engaged after each scene change on stage. Director Monique Ingram said Tyin ... Read More

Massive property tax collection drive in Clarendon

Monday, February 23, 2015    

A Clarendon Parish Council building officer (second right) inspects a house under construction.

MAY PEN, Clarendon — The Clarendon Parish Council has launched a massive property tax collection drive in an effort to meet its targets for the 2014/15 financial year, according to a news release from the council. The drive which started on Monday, February 16 was scheduled to last six weeks. The news release reported secretary manager of the parish council Rowhan Blake as saying prominent citizens including parish councillors were being targeted as the local authority moves to collect c ... Read More

The 'science' of learning

Monday, February 23, 2015    

Hampton School students (from left) Reania Francis, Nyoka Forbes and Danevia Williams and biology/chemistry teacher Kerry-Ann Rosegreen at work in the mobile
science lab at the school

MALVERN, St Elizabeth — Not many schools in Jamaica can boast a 98 per cent pass rate for the sciences. But this rare feat is becoming a tradition at Hampton School for Girls. With more than 90 per cent of students graduating with at least one science subject, Hampton has emerged as one of the top- five secondary schools in Jamaica since the 2013 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations. This comes as a result of the school's unique approach to the science subjects, ... Read More

For Your Diary

Monday, February 23, 2015    

1) Wednesday February 25 (11:00am) BMR Jamaica Wind Limited Groundbreaking and Luncheon 36MWh Wind Project Potsdam, St Elizabeth 2) Friday February 27 (10:00am - 3:00pm) National Centre for Youth Development Annual Black History/Reggae Month Commemoration Cultural Retention Session Manchester Youth Information Centre Brooks Park, Mandeville 3) Friday February (7:00pm -11:00pm) National Centre for Youth Development Annual Black History/Reggae Month Commemoration Cultural Concert Ma ... Read More

Parish Council Services Commission punishes Parkes

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Sunday Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, February 22, 2015    

PARKES ... now facing disciplinary action taken by the Parish
Councils Services Commission following a no-confidence vote
by councillors

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The Parish Councils Services Commission has ruled that disciplinary actions be taken against Manchester Parish Council Secretary/Manager David Parkes in light of complaints from councillors about his leadership. A no-confidence motion was moved late last year to remove him from the Council. Mayor of Mandeville Brenda Ramsay in last month's regular monthly meeting said that the intervention of the Services Commission was sought because the Council's business was ... Read More

Wigton Windfarm earns $500 million

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-large South Central Bureau myersg@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, February 22, 2015    

Wigton Windfarm is very
profitable, government and
company officials have said.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester - It's not just that the Wigton Windfarm in Manchester is helping to gradually reduce Jamaica's oil bill while producing "clean" energy. Also, from Energy minister Phillip Paulwell's perspective, it flies in the face of those who say State-owned entities don't make money. "The good news I want to share with you is that this is a profitable government venture. This year we are earning $500 million in the operations at Wigton," Paulwell boasted last Friday. He was speakin ... Read More



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